What We Believe

CrossHope Chapel holds to the historical doctrines of the evangelical Protestant church, including faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior (Ephesians 2:8-9), in hope from the teachings of the Bible as the standard of truth (Romans 15:4), and in love for one-another as the ultimate witness of the Christian life (John 13:34-35).

 

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible is the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote as the Holy Spirit moved them. It is the infallible revelation of God’s will and the plan of redemption. It is the standard of right and wrong, the guide for decisions and behaviors, the authoritative standard over man’s opinions, denominational creeds, religious traditions, society, culture, and is the testimony and revelation of God’s plan of redemption. (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4; Proverbs 30:5-6; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12; John 5:39; Colossians 2:8; Isaiah 8:20; Matthew 24:35)

We believe God is one God, revealed to us in the Bible as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The character of God is Love and creation is God’s mark of sovereignty and evidence of his active interest in our well-being and provisions for life. In six literal days the Lord made “the heaven and the earth” and all living things upon the earth, including man in His image, given mankind dominion over His world. God alone is immortal, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, and is concerned with the affairs of men and answers prayer. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Jeremiah 31:3; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 6:16; Genesis 1:1; Ephesians 3:9; Revelation 4:11; Exodus 34:6-7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; 1; 1 Corinthians 15:28; John 3:16; 1 John 4:8; 1 Timothy 1:17; John 14:9; Revelation 14:6)

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the prophesied Messiah, through whom all things were created, the character of God revealed, and the only way to salvation, and earth’s soon coming King. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, and perfectly satisfied the atonement for our sins to redeem us from Satan’s power, through his crucifixion, death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and will personally return to earth.  (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-2; Isaiah 53:4-6; John 1:1-3, 14; Colossians 1:15-19; John 10:30; John 14:9; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; John 5:22; Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews. 2:9-18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 8:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:1-3)

We believe the Holy Spirit is the Comforter promised by Jesus to come beside us in our journey toward Heaven. He is the One who convicts us of sin and righteousness, the Glorifier of Jesus Christ, the Giver of spiritual gifts for the gospel mission, and the Leader into all truth. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to male and female, young and old, and according to His will. No one gift is evidence of God’s favor, except the gift of love. He equips believers for ministries of pastoral care, faith, healing, wisdom, witnessing, teaching, evangelism, hospitality, administration, reconciliation, compassion, languages, and services to build up the church in faith, hope, and love. (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:9-11, 27-28; 13:1-13; Ephesians 4:8, 11-16; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Peter 4:10, 11; Genesis 1:1-2; Luke 1:35; 4:18; Acts 10:38; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:11-12; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22; John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26-27; 16:7-13)

We believe Eternal Life is a gift, freely available to all men because of the cross of Calvary, where Jesus Christ became the sinless sacrifice for our sins. He is the second Adam, our Substitute, our Savior, and High Priest. The Bible teaches that all of us has sinned and are unable to provide our own atonement for our own salvation. Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved, the only mediator between God and man, and that gift can only be ours through faith. Confessing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is to choose to be covered by His righteousness in the judgment, it is the beginning of the sanctification process of being born again, adoption as a child of God, and abiding in His grace through the power of Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21; John 3:16; John 1:12; Romans 5:17; Galatians 1:4; 4:4-7; Titus 3:3-7; John 15:4; John 16:8; Galatians 3:13-14; 1 Peter 2:21-22; Romans 10:17; Luke 17:5; Mark 9:23-24; Ephesians 2:5-10; Romans 3:21-26; Colossians 1:13, 14; Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 3:26; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; Romans 12:2; Hebrews 8:7-12; Ezekiel 36:25-27; 2 Peter 1:3, 4; Romans 8:1-4; 5:6-10)

We believe Spiritual Warfare, between Christ and Satan, which started in heaven, has forced us into the center of this conflict, which arose when Lucifer began to dispute the character and sovereignty of God. An angel, a created being, endowed with freedom of choice, engaged in self-exaltation, became known as Satan, God’s adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin, resulting in the distortion of the image of God in humanity, the disordering of behaviors, and eventual judgment for rejecting the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. To assist His people in this warfare, Christ sends the Holy Spirit and the loyal angels to guide, protect, and sustain them in the way of salvation. (Revelation 12:4-9; Matthew 4:1-11; John 10:10; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-18; Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 1:19-32; 5:12-21; 8:19-22; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 3:4, 7-8; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Peter 3:6; 1 Corinthians 4:9; Hebrews 1:14; John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 1:9)

We believe the Church is the community of believers who have answered the Holy Spirit’s call out of the world and into a born again relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The church is God’s family; adopted by Him as children, its members live on the basis of the new covenant. The church is the body of Christ, a community of young and old, male and female, of which Christ Himself is the Head. We recognize the church at-large, as categorized by various organizations, and the church as individuals will make up the glorious church, the faithful of all the ages, the purchase of His blood, victorious, over-comers, the saved who have stood faithfully at the foot of Christ’s cross. (Colossians 1:17-18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:11-12; 15-16; Acts 2:47; 7:38; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11; 5:23-27; Jeremiah 33:15; Matthew 7:20-23; 16:13-20; 18:18; 28:19-20; 1 Timothy 3:15; Revelation 21:1-14; Zechariah 4:6; Matthew 16:18) 

We believe the Ordinances of the Church as set forth in the Bible are the communion service and the rite of baptism. The Lord’s Supper, communion, is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross and promise of His return. Baptism by full water immersion, is a public confession of our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism testifies of our free will choice to die to sin, of our purpose to walk in newness of life, and public commitment to being born again. Thus, in the symbolism of water baptism, we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior, become His people, and are received as members of the local church. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is a step in faith and not an act of graduation or attainment, but an acceptance of commitment of new birth into the family of God. (Romans 6:1-6; Romans 10:9-11; Luke 22:19-20; Colossians 2:12-13; Acts 2:38; 16:30-33; 22:16; Matthew 3:16-17; 26:26-29; 28:19-20; John 6:48-63; 13:1-17; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-26)

We believe Marriage and the Family was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union, between a man and a woman only, in loving companionship, as creation’s intention for procreation. Marriage is a commitment to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered into only between male and female partners who share a common respect for each other and a mutual faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Divorce is not a Christian choice, except for adulterous severance, and although some family relationships may fall short of the ideal, remarriage is acceptable and optional for the believer who desires the guidance of the Spirit in that decision. The family circle, of mother, father, and children, is God’s will and a high honor of influence for an understanding of God’s paternal love within our society. (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-9; John 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:21-33; Matthew 5:31-32; Mark 10:11, 12; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11; Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-4; Deuteronomy 6:5-9; Proverbs 22:6; Malachi 4:5-6)

We believe the Return of Jesus Christ is called the blessed hope of the Christian and is the grand climax of the gospel story. The Savior’s coming will be literal, personal, visible to the saved and unsaved, and it will be worldwide. The signs of our times are telling of its nearness, though the time of when it will happen has not been revealed, and we are therefore exhorted to be ready at all times. We hold to the promised return of Christ Jesus as the climatic event of earth’s history, the rapture of the church, the encouragement of our Christian faith, the resurrection of the dead, the ushering in of the Kingdom of Heaven, the earth made new and the end of sin. (Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:14; Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:43-44; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2:8; Revelation 19:11-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Nahum 1:9; 2 Peter 3:13; Matthew 5:5; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; Revelation 11:15; 20:15; 21:1-7; 22:1-5)

         


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